Floating Cities

Sustainability Problem: Expanding population and global warming could lead to innovative living areas, one of which is the idea of floating cities. The main idea was fist explored scientifically by Quirk in his book – Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity From Politicians.

Solution: It is estimated that by 2050, we will need floating cities as a means to sustain life on earth. Its a radicle idea that explores how such a move can “refresh our perspective on civilization” and help us “wipe the slate clean”. It includes:

  • A new architectural design, not only to create buildings and space that can withstand hurricanes; but also to explore the human aspect of interacting with different environments. Think ‘seascrapers’
  • New models of governance will emerge
  • The opportunity for technology innovation to enable data driven environmentally sustainable floating cities is enormous

The non profit Seasteading Institute has recently signed an agreement with the French Polynesia to create a floating city prototype off its shoreline. If all goes according to plan, the first aquatic assemblage of homes, hotels, offices, and restaurants will arrive in 2020.

DeltaSync, the Dutch sustainable engineering firm that will be designing the pilot city, will build on top of floating concrete platforms that can be rearranged as needed.


  • National governments
  • Land developers
  • Engineering designing teams
  • Funding partners
  • Potential residents

Next Steps:

  • Currently there is a village in Canada which is entirely sustainable, and floats on a lake. Its a microcosm of what could be needed to replicate its success.
  • Important to replicate the idea however valuable to use technologies that can assist in achieving the mission
  • Begin first phase of city design

Reference: https://www.whatsorb.com/architecture/the-first-floating-sustainability-city-in-the-world-and-a-mini-one-on-a-lake



Comments on another post: https://makeasmartcity.com/2017/11/06/smart-urban-growth-tackles-mobility-and-electricity-distribution-concurrently/comment-page-1/#comment-1441


2 thoughts on “Floating Cities

  1. Very interesting idea but have you thought about the effect floating cities will have on marine life? Also will these cities be able to produce enough food to sustain their populations? If not, how would resources be imported to the city?


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